How to Vet New Employees and Avoid Potential Bad Hires

February 10, 2016 | 3,310 views

How to Vet New Employees and Avoid Potential Bad Hires

How to Vet New Employees and Avoid Potential Bad Hires

It’s a situation every business faces – hiring. Although it’s so common, it’s one of the most unnerving parts of managing a company. You need someone who will fit in well with your current company culture. You also need someone who you can onboard quickly to fill in any gaps in your workflow.


Learning how to vet new employees doesn’t have to be stressful. Here are a few questions to ask yourself so you can avoid making a bad hire.


Do You Need Someone Tech Savvy?

Do you use certain apps in your business? Do you require someone to know specific programs to help your customer?


You will go through some initial training during the onboarding process. Still, it’s important you have someone who can adapt quickly and get familiar with the technology you use on a daily basis. Clarifying a potential employee’s tech savviness up front will help you avoid hiring someone who requires abnormally long learning curves.


Do You Need Someone to Work Specific Hours?

One of the trickiest parts of getting a new job is asking for schedule considerations. A potential hire may need certain days or time off work but doesn’t dare broach the subject during an interview.


Bring up scheduling considerations before you’ve extended a job offer. This will help you tackle any underlying concerns and make sure everyone is on the same page from day one.


Asking about scheduling up front also sends a strong signal to your potential hire that you care about her work/life balance. This will help you make a strong first impression on the new employee to get her interested in your business from the get go.

Do You Need Someone Who Works Well With Others?

Working well with others is vital to your overall team’s long-term success. If you hire someone who creates tension in the workplace, you’ll not only lose the employee quickly but you could also lose some of your best teammates.


Offering personality tests is one way to distinguish whether your potential hire might be a good fit. Another way to see if the employee will get along well with the team you have in place is to have him shadow your employees for the day. Watch how he interacts with everyone he meets at your business to determine whether or not he’s a good fit for your company culture.


Are You Hiring Any Time Soon?

Getting to know your employees abilities, scheduling needs and social skills will help you get a better idea of what to expect if you make the hire. What else do you ask prospective employees before bringing someone on board?


Author Profile Jon Forknell is the Vice President and General Manager of Atlas Business Solutions, Inc., a software marketing company specializing in employee scheduling software, including ScheduleBase employee scheduling software, and other business software solutions. In the past, Jon has been recognized by the U.S. Small Business Administration as a SBA Young Entrepreneur of the Year. Atlas Business Solutions was named as one of Software Magazine’s Top 500 Software Companies in 2004 through 2007 and again in 2010, 2013 and 2014.

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